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Mount Etna active Volcano erupts spewing lava, volcanic ash, forcing brief closing of airport

Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world has again started spewing lava from its bowels and sent a huge plume of volcanic ash into the air much akin to the earlier eruptions in 2012.

Mount Etna volcano is situated in Sicily and it started to spew volcanic ash on Saturday Morning. There has been no casualties’ according to BBC but Air Traffic at the Catania airport was temporarily halted because of the smoke. The Airport reopened at Dawn.

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As mentioned, Mt Etna is an active volcano which erupts regularly at short intervals. Situated in Sicily the volcano stands at an imposing 10,922 feet high at its summit and is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. The volcano has been spewing small and sporadic volcanic ash emissions since September.

Volcanoes are divided into three categories- Active, dormant and extinct. Dormant volcanoes are those volcanoes which have not erupted for some time but the possibility of future eruptions cannot be ruled out. Extinct volcanoes are those volcanoes which have not erupted for a very long time and there is no likelihood of its eruption in the future.

Mount Etna reported the 13th episode of activity in 2013, but the last major eruption was in 1992.

The primeval Greeks thought Mount Etna was home to the god of fire, Vulcan. When Mount Etna erupted, they thought that Vulcan was simply forging weapons for Mars, the god of war.

Volcanic eruptions are often accompanied by tremors and in Mount Etna’s case also underground tremors were reported on Friday before the eruptions on Saturday. Till now evacuation has not been ordered from the many villages that are present on the volcano slopes.

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